Growth (dedicated to A.K.)

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Shall we accept good from God, and not trouble?
(Job 2:10; NIV).

1. Lord,
May I accept my lot,
For you, alone, send joy, and pain.
Then I will grow, in exile here,
Until we meet in heaven, again.

2. Lord,
May I accept my lot,
For you, alone, bring good from ill.
Then I will grow through suffering,
And never fail to love you, still.

3. Lord,
May I accept my lot,
For you, alone, send hurt, and loss.
Then I will grow in care for all,
And comfort those who bear their cross.

4. Lord,
May I accept my lot,
For you, alone, send every test.
Then I will grow in humble faith,
And gain, at last, eternal rest.



1. Enjoy prosperity while you can, but when hard times strike, realise that both come from God (Ecclesiastes 7:14; NLT).

2. We know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them (Romans 8:28; NLT).

When your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow (James 1:3; NLT).

3. The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; may the name of the Lord be praised (Job 1:21; NIV).

He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us (2 Corinthians 1:4, NLT).

4. The Lord your God is testing you to find out whether you love him with all your heart and with all your soul (Deuteronomy 13:3; NIV).

Then we will be with the Lord forever (1 Thessalonians 4:17; NLT). 

5 thoughts on “Growth (dedicated to A.K.)

  • I am so honoured and yet humbled to have one of your excellent devotional poems dedicated to little old me. In it you have amazingly described accurately the battle within me at present. With my new present ailment I am fighting a really painful battle, worse than when my back was injured. Despite the pain my biggest fight is a spiritual one to remain encouraged by and close to my Father God. I am holding tightly to Him and to Philippians 1:6 – For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus. These days are challenging indeed, but they are days of enriching within Him for which I rejoice in. I pray that I continue to endure for His glory!

  • Just yesterday I was thinking how many Christians these days have turned into whiners. I include myself in this group, because I struggle to accept my lot. When God doesn’t snow plow every road for me I quickly become discouraged. How silly this must seem to the Shepherd of our souls! Christ accepted his lot in life, even though he cried out to God with tears of blood to take it away. How can I do any less?

    Your words are always spot on, Ruth. Thank you for your faithfulness to our loving God.

    Blessings, David

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